NME news roundup: October 12th-24th, 2021

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Hey, hi, hello!

It’s feels like a whole year has passed since the last roundup! In addition to writing for the ✨New Musical Express✨ every day for the last 13 days, I’ve been apartment-hunting with Milo, enjoying all of my post-lockdown freedoms (I finally saw Shang-Chi! It was fucking sick!!!), planning a trip down to Melbourne (we leave tomorrow!), and doing a whole bunch of other little bits and pieces.

We sent Australian Guitar #145 to print last week, and this week I made my radio debut on The Faction (interviewing the legendary Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die). I even started reading a new book for the first time in like eight months (Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters – so far, it is… harrowing). 

It’s been a hectic little while, to say the least. But it’s been great! I’m really looking forward to heading south and seeing my favourite city in the world again – and hopefully, fingers crossed, knock on wood, etc, finding an apartment there. At this stage we’re heading down for five nights, but we might end up extending that depending on what kind of luck we have with the hunt. I’m also working through the whole trip (how else am I going to afford that #citylife?) so I’m expecting next week to be even more hectic than the last couple.

The biggest drop this week was 100% the new Alex Lahey single, ‘Spike The Punch’. I am so, so stoked that she’s signed to Liberation, and I truly cannot wait to see her take over the world with LP3. I have also been absolutely adoring the new Snail Mail album, Valentine, so I’m gonna pop the title track in here too. I already know that next week’s highlight will be the Trophy Eyes song – keep an eye out on BLUNT for our ~exclusive~ interview with John about it on Thursday!

Anyway, here’s everything I got up to at NME over the past couple of weeks!

TUESDAY, 12/10/21

Bon Iver share recordings of ‘Beth/Rest’ and ‘Babys’ from their 2011 AIR Studios session

James Blake recruits Slowthai for new version of ‘Funeral’

Slash, Wolfgang Van Halen guitarist Frank Sidoris involved in “traumatic” car accident

WEDNESDAY, 13/10/21

The Kid LAROI teases collaboration with Tame Impala

Denis Handlin will keep Order of Australia honours, has QMusic award revoked

George Alice looks to the future on energised new single ‘Mid Years’

Missy Higgins and The Teskey Brothers lead new batch of SummerSalt shows for QLD and SA

THURSDAY, 14/10/21

Snail Mail joins Waxahatchee for live cover of Sheryl Crow’s ‘Strong Enough’

Kingswood, The Black Sorrows, Emma Donovan and more announced for inaugural Flavafest

Clowns announce rescheduled national tour dates to kick off in December

DMA’S share watercolour-tinted film clip for ‘Junk Truck Head Fuck’

RedHook announce 2022 ‘Bring Ya Mates’ tour, drop fan-starring ‘Sentimental Surgery’ video

Jesswar links up with Erica Banks for venomous new single ‘Bad Like Riri’

FRIDAY, 15/10/21

Billy Porter ushers in a new era with anthemic single ‘Children’

Megan Thee Stallion links up with Popeyes to launch Hottie Sauce and merch line

Le Tigre issue statement on lawsuit against Barry Mann over ‘Deceptacon’: “We just want him to leave us alone”

ARIA strips Denis Handlin of Icon Award following ‘Four Corners’ investigation

Listen to Missy Higgins’ triumphant new single ‘Edge Of Something’

SATURDAY, 16/10/21

Watch the new video for Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers’ latest single ‘AHHHH!’

King Stingray, WAAX and more announced for 2021 Yonder Festival

Courtney Barnett and DMA’S lead 2022 Day On The Lawn lineup

Jack Botts drops ‘Live At Miami Marketta’ EP, details 2022 Australian tour

Agnes Manners team up with Deez Nuts’ JJ Peters for new take on ‘As Long As You’re Mine’

SUNDAY, 17/10/21

Watch System Of A Down perform live debut of ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’ and ‘Protect The Land’

PLANET announce debut album, ‘Information Overload’

Full Tilt locks in new dates for Sydney and Melbourne editions

Kito joins forces with Winona Oak for slinky new track ‘Skin & Bones’

MONDAY, 18/10/21

APRA AMCOS revokes Denis Handlin’s 2009 Ted Albert Award

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford reveals he was treated for prostate cancer, is now in remission

Production teaser for ‘The Flash’ shows first glimpse of Michael Keaton’s return as Batman

Daniel Craig crashes a Prince audition in surprise ‘Saturday Night Live’ cameo

Watch Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox’s goofy Right Said Fred cover: “I’m too sexy for King Crimson”

TUESDAY, 19/10/21

The Weeknd pushes world tour back to 2022, expands to stadiums

Guided By Voices announce 34th album, ‘It’s Not Them. It Couldn’t Be Them. It Is Them!’

The Wiggles announce 18+ arena tour with original line-up

Young Thug sues apartment building for allegedly giving stranger 200 unreleased songs worth over $1million

WEDNESDAY, 20/10/21

Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump scores new romantic comedy, ‘Mark, Mary & Some Other People’

Listen to Fergus James’ poignant new single ‘Fall Short’

Void Of Vision drop pummelling new single ‘Vampyr’, detail first EP in ‘Chronicles’ series

Chelsea Warner dials back on luscious new single ‘It Be Like That’

Watch the dreamlike film clip for Ashwarya’s latest single, ‘Flare’

THURSDAY, 21/10/21

David Ellefson on being ousted from Megadeth: “I don’t have any sour grapes over it”

Barkaa sets December release for debut EP, ‘Blak Matriarchy’

Naomi Keyte embraces the simple joys in life with new video for ‘Greenhill’

DZ Deathrays to release 8-bit phone game ‘Dive Bar Superstars’

San Joseph balances calmness and catharsis in new film clip for ‘Everything In The Room’

FRIDAY, 22/10/21

Swedish House Mafia link up with The Weeknd for new single ‘Moth To A Flame’

Olivia Rodrigo mourns a backstabbing ex in new music video for ‘Traitor’

Between You And Me take aim at climate-denying politicians on new single ‘Change’

Greta Stanley branches out with luscious new single ‘Close Call’

Warumpi Band to release first ever collection of recordings, ‘Papunya Sessions 1982’

SATURDAY, 23/10/21

Coterie breeze through the apocalypse on blissful new single ‘Good Morning’

Biblemami launches ‘Unpleasant Adolescent’ EP with new single ‘Outsider’

FREAKCLUB make an enthralling debut with dancehall-inspired ‘Perfect’

Johnny Hunter take to a dreary London pub in new film clip for ‘Life’

SUNDAY, 24/10/21

Peach PRC gets in the Christmas spirit with buzzy new single ‘I’ve Been Bad, Santa’

Tamworth Country Music Festival confirmed to be going ahead in 2022

Missy Higgins sings her heart out in new film clip for ‘Edge Of Something’

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